Archives for January 2007

A Better Way To Dry Your Car

How are you drying your car? If you’re an Auto Geek I bet the answer is “Very carefully”.

While driving through my subdivision last Saturday morning, I noticed one of my neighbors was in his driveway, washing and drying his new Mercedes. Like a proud papa, he was detailing with gusto and then I noticed he was drying the car with what appeared to be old beach towels and cut up t-shirts. What’s wrong with this picture?

While most people mean well, improper washing and drying techniques and tools are to blame for swirl marks, scratches and micro-marring in their vehicle’s paint finish. This week I would like to share some of my techniques and favorite tools for drying your vehicle after you wash it.

A Better Way To Dry Your Car – The Tools

A Better Way To Dry Your Car – The Process

Proper drying begins with proper rinsing. I use the Fire Hose Nozzle to flood the surface of the vehicle and sheet the water off. Using a nozzle with a spray pattern tends to leave water on the surface but the Fire Hoze Nozzle is fully adjustable, allowing you to blast grime off of your vehicle with adequate presure and then with a turn of the nozzle flood the surface with a more natural flow of water to sheet the water off. Start at the top and use a sweeping left and right motion as you work your way down to the bottom of the vehicle. Rinsing in this manner will leave less water on the car and that means less work for you.

A California Water Blade or California Jelly Blade makes short work of any remaining water on the windows.

Next, I like to blast water out of all of the cracks and crevices with a Metro Air Force Blaster. This tools blasts warm, filtered air into areas that would otherwise be a haven for standing water. Use the Air Force Blaster to dry door jambs, trunk jambs, emblems, bumpers and anyplace around the vehicle where water can hide.

Once the water has been blasted out of all of the nooks and crannies, I take a Supreme Guzzler Waffle Weave By Cobra and blot the vehicle dry. The Supreme Guzzler is an amazingly soft microfiber drying towel with a silky satin edge all the way around.

Now that the vehicle has been properly dried, you have a few choices as to which step to take next depending on the condition of the paint finish. You can use detailing clay if needed, polish the paint or apply a coat of wax or sealant.

While doing a weekly wash to a well-maintained vehicle that already has a good coat of wax, you can use a detail spray or a spray sealant after washing to extend the life of the protective coating. After every wash I add protection and restore the shine with Wolfgang Deep Gloss Spritz Sealant. It’s very easy to spray-on a quick coat of protection in just a few minutes. Deep Gloss Spritz Sealant is very easy to use. Just spray-on and wipe-off with a Cobra Super-Plush Deluxe Microfiber Towel.

So put away those old beach towels and t-shirts. Use the proper drying tools and techniques and you will reduce the chance of owner-induced swirls marks, marring and scratches.

January 24, 2007 Newsletter

Super Bowl Sale!
Super Bowl weekend is a little more than a week away but we’re already preparing. We’re not stocking up on chips or popcorn; we’re waxing our cars and cleaning our garages! You’re probably doing the same if you’re having a Super Bowl party. What else is there to do during halftime but show off your latest combination of a polymer sealant base coat and carnauba topper?

To celebrate the biggest unofficial holiday in the country, Max is having a huge Super Bowl Sale on every PBMA site:,,, and!

Save 15%!

This week only, save 15% off* hundreds of products with coupon code PBMA15. This is a private offer just for newsletter subscribers. Offer expires at midnight on 1/31/07. *Coupon not valid on buffers, garage floor coverings, complete wash systems with dolly, and vacuums. *Can not be used in conjunction with other discount offers. *Not applicable on previously placed orders

Free Shipping Over $75!
Spend $75 on any of PBMA’s stores and you will receive free shipping to anywhere within the 48 continental United States. No code is required, which means you can save 15% and receive free shipping as long as your order totals $75!

The Ultimate Guzzler Waffle Weave Drying Towel is on sale!

Save $20 off the regular price of this huge microfiber drying towel for a limited time. Just $19.99.

Detail Fest ’07 Update

Metro Racing Systems, based here in Florida, will have their 1992 Lola/T-92-10 Chassis #002 racing car on display at Detail Fest on February 24, 2007. The car has competed at LeMans and Sebring. It underwent a restoration of its 1992 LeMans livery since coming under the ownership of Stan Wattles, a former Indy driver. See the 1992 Lola/T-92-10 Chassis #002 up close and personal at Detail Fest.

Metro will also be displaying several custom choppers at Detail Fest. Hot cars and cool bikes – that’s what its all about.

Aaron and Saul of Dedication to Detail, Inc. – the makers of the Edge 2000 System and the upcoming 4 inch Edge pads – will be at Detail Fest to discuss their products and answer your questions.

    Eric Dunn of Lake Country Pads will be here to answer any questions you may have about buffing pads and the new CCS pads. Eric is in charge of Sales and Technical Support at Lake Country and is coming down from Wisconsin to participate in Detail Fest.

      Two internationally published models will be available for photos with you and your vehicle. They’ve appeared in such magazines as Maxim, Playboy, and American Curves. (Go to our Detail Fest page for a preview.)

      And there’s much more to come! Max is adding to the Detail Fest itinerary daily. Spaces are limited and registration is required to take part. Detail Fest is from 9 am to 4 pm on February 24 right here at our Stuart, Florida facility. Go to our Detail Fest page to learn more about registration and the schedule so far.

      New Products

      Polycharger® is like a shot of steroids for most car wax products! Add Polycharger® to your favorite wax to prolong its durability – Polycharger® doubles the life of some waxes! Choose the elixir that suits your wax, whether its solvent-based or water-based, and add Polycharger® as directed. You’ll experience more durable protection, longer lasting protection and a glossier, slicker finish. Polycharger® doesn’t make the wax – it makes the wax better!
      Polycharger® is available for purchase now on Please note: Polycharger will ship the week of February 5. The rest of your order will ship out when you place it.

      NTS7 by Sonax
      Sonax is the top selling line of car care products in Europe. They are a major sponsor of Formula 1 racing and Sonax private labels products for Mercedes and BMW in Germany. Sonax is introducing its products to the United States as NTS7 and Autogeek is one of the select retailers to offer this brand. For a limited time, each NTS7 product comes with a free bonus!

      Euro Mirror
      The Euro Blind Spot Mirror eliminates the driver’s side blind spot from all vehicles! The small, curved mirror mounts to your windshield and gives you a panoramic view of the road. You’ll see things that simply don’t appear in your regular rearview mirror. Change lanes, merge, make left turns, and reverse with the piece of mind that there is nothing in your blind spot.

      We stocked the shelves high with refill sizes o
      f some of our most popular Meguiars products and some items that are brand new to Autogeek:

      Meguiars #21 Synthetic Sealant 16 oz.
      Meguiars #85 Diamond Cut Compound 32 oz.
      Meguiars Gold Class Spray Detailer 24 oz.
      Meguiars #1 Medium Cut Cleaner 16 oz.
      Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner
      18 oz. Meguiars NXT Generation Car Wash
      Meguiars Quik Out Carpet Stain Remover
      Meguiars Quik Wheel Detailer Mist & Wipe
      128 oz. Meguiars #9 Swirl Remover
      64 oz. Meguiars #3 Machine Glaze
      16 oz. Meguiars #5 New Car Glaze
      64 oz. Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze
      64 oz. Meguiars #6 Cleaner Wax
      128 oz. Meguiars Hi-Tech Yellow Wax
      64 oz. Meguiars #20 Polymer Sealant
      Meguiars Aggressive Detailing Clay

      Lexol’s Leather Cleaner, Leather Conditioner, and Vinylex are now available in 8 oz. flip-top bottles. These palm-sized bottles are excellent for traveling and it’s easier to control the amount of product used. Right now, you can get all three products in the Lexol 8 oz. Value Pack, including 3 microfiber applicators.

      Show ‘N Shine Contest
      We are still taking entries for January’s Show ‘N Shine contest on This month’s last step product is Poorboy’s. You can use whatever you like for the prep, but your paint protection has to be Poorboy’s. All Poorboy’s products are currently on sale on When you’ve detailed your vehicle to perfection, photograph it and upload your entry on the Show ‘N Shine thread on Search for Show ‘N Shine.
      Each month, we’ll award the winner with a $100 Autogeek gift certificate. At year’s end, we’ll select one grand prize winner from all the winning entries. The grand prize is a $1000 check from Max!

      New addition to Detail Fest!

      Metro Racing Systems will have their 1992 Lola/T-92-10 Chassis #002 racing car on display at Detail Fest.

      Commissioned by Nissan Motor Corporation, the Lola/T-92-10 was completed with a Formula-1 based Judd/V-10 after Nissan withdrew from racing. The Lola/T-92-10 was raced during the 1992 racing season by the Euroracing team, whose owner financed the completion of the car. It raced at Monza(DNS) and Silverstone, before entering the 24 hours of LeMans where it placed 13th. Also during the 92 season, Lola/T-92-10 placed 4th at Donington, was a non-finisher at Suzuka, and a non-starter at Magny-Cours (failed scrutineering).

      After 1992, the car was auctioned by the Dutch government to a broker, who sold it to an American enthusiast. After competing in select HSR events, the Lola/T-92-10 was sold to its present owner, Stan Wattles.

      Stan Wattles is a former Indy Car driver and owner of Metro Racing Systems. The Lola/T-92-10 underwent an extensive restoration at Metro’s Florida facility to restore its 1992 Le Mans livery. Come see the completed project at Detail Fest on February 24 from 9 am to 4 pm.

      Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque

      Engine: Judd/72-degree V-10 (4,000 C.C.M.)

      Power: 720 H.P. (11,ooo R.P.M.)

      Transmission: Lola/ 6-Speed

      WheelBase: 2,800 mm

      Weight: 750 kg

      Dimensions: 4,795 mm x 1,995 mm x 1,080 mm

      Top speed: approximately 212 mph

      Detail Fest Registration

      We’ve made it easy to register for Detail Fest. Go to What’s New on the left column of You’ll see the Detail Fest 2007 icon (which is also the back of the Detail Fest t-shirt). Click into that page, read all about Detail Fest, and then add your registration to your shopping cart at the bottom of the page. You can then continue shopping or check out. We will add your name to the list and on February 24, we’ll have a t-shirt and a gift bag worth $50 waiting for you. If you register for Detail Fest and later find out you cannot attend, just call or email us and we’ll be happy to refund your registration fee.

      Live Support

      Our Live Support is up and running as of today. The Live Support button in the lower left hand column of the site will say “online” when someone is available to take your questions. Click on the button and enter your name, email address, and your question. A tech will quickly answer you so you can continue with an order or get back to detailing your car. Live Support is a convenient way to get help with a product, a problem, or to get product recommendations. Live Support will be available during our regular business hours, Monday thru Friday 9 am – 6 pm.

      Details on DetailFest

      DetailFest 2007 is scheduled for Saturday, February 24. We’ll have a professional detailer on hand to perform demonstrations of products and polishers. Justin of is coming down to demonstrate his own techniques, which have produced some amazing results, as shown on the forum. The parking lot will be equipped with power outlets and wash stations. Feel free to detail your own vehicle or just observe. We’ll be grilling hot dogs so bring your appetite along with your detailing supplies. DetailFest is from 9 am to 4 pm right here at the PBMA headquarters in Stuart, Florida.

      Reserve your space now with a $15 registration fee, which includes a guaranteed spot, an official DetailFest t-shirt, and a gift bag worth $50. Registration fees can be paid by calling 800-869-3011 ext. 207. We will be glad to refund your registration if you are unable to attend DetailFest.

      CCS 6.5 inch pads are on backorder

      Due to the popularity of Lake Country’s newest pads, we’ve already shipped out our entire stock of 6. 5 inch CCS pads! We still have 7.5 and 8.5 inch pads in stock. Jason has already put in a call to get another large shipment of the 6.5 inch CCS pads. We’ve been given an estimate of 3 weeks. We’d like to move that timetable up, but unfortunately, its out of our hands. If anything changes on the status of the CCS pads, you’ll find the latest news on the or right here on the blog.